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Buddhism on a Plate: Food and the First Precept

On Sat, 25 February, 2012 - 06:37
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Buddhism on a Plate, published today, is another in our series of occasional feature articles. On the subject of veganism and, more generally, how Buddhists might best apply the precept of non-violence to their choice of food it’s written by Samacitta, chair of Triratna’s Birmingham Buddhist Centre and a vegan herself for many years.

Jane Easton, Food & Cookery Coordinator at Viva! and the Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation and a Buddhist herself comments “… great article, very clear and inspiring. I can’t tell you how much it means to see this growth of awareness in the Buddhist community. I’ve been doing my own little thing since I first got involved and I know others have too, but there seems to be a big shift in the vegan direction across the board in the past year or so. It’s very very exciting and inspiring!” News is also in that Sangharakshita has recently adopted veganism having been ‘convinced by the arguments’ expressed by members of the Order and others.

Jane goes on - “Interestingly, vegan Labour MP Kerry McCarthy did the first ever World Vegan Day speech in the Commons last year and even arranged for all vegan catering in the Commons canteen on the day including fantastic, decadent cakes from the Ms Cupcake company. Who’da thunk it?”

Buddhism on a Plate is available on thebuddhistcentre’s ISSUU account in an easy-to-read on-screen format.

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